About me

“I am not defined by my scars, but by the incredible ability to heal”. Lemn Sissay

      Are you feeling lost, depressed, anxious, tormented, lonely, without hope?

These are all normal, if uncomfortable, parts of the roller coaster of life. Many individuals experience periods of despair throughout life, sometimes knowing why, and at other times not understanding at all. I am an experienced BACP registered therapist offering you a space to explore yourself and your life, and a space for you to be heard. With experience of working at Oakhaven Hospice, Compass Counselling, Brockenhurst College and in my own private practice, I have worked with anxiety, depression, cancer, loss, relationships, addiction, trauma, difficulties with food and many other themes.

The work involves shuttling between the here and now of daily life, and the past. Often, this leads to an exploration of childhood and previous experiences that have shaped how we are in the world in relation to our own self and to others. This gentle exploration allows individuals to gain insight into their self. This awareness brings acceptance, integration and ultimately choice about how to be in the world.

The therapeutic space can provide a real refuge to the soul and I feel privileged to have shared many people’s unpacking and unpicking of their most hidden self. I strongly believe that with time, compassion and understanding, the self can flourish.

Please call 07725 782932 or email denise@therapynewforest.com

I offer 50 minutes sessions on a regular basis and I work with the following issues:

  • Abortion
  • Anxiety
  • Irrational thoughts and fears
  • Abuse
  • Menopause
  • Alcohol
  • Miscarriage
  • Anger
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Parenting difficulties
  • Bereavement
  • Phobias
  • Bullying
  • Postnatal depression
  • Cancer
  • Pregnancy support
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Disabilities
  • Self-harm
  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Family issues
  • Stress
  • Infertility
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Intrusive Thoughts
  • Trauma

Training, qualifications & experience

Having graduated over 20 years ago, I spent the first half of my working life in business and TV. However, my own experience of therapy, along with a passionate interest in people and helping others, led me to start my training as a therapist around ten years ago.

I studied at the Iron Mill College in Exeter and I have attended many courses over the years to support my professional experience and development. Particular interests include attachment theory, neurobiology, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness and existential therapy. Key figures inspiring my work include Irvin Yalom, John Bowlby, Donald Winnicott, Russ Harris, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Dan Siegel.

I am registered with the BACP, the organization overseeing Counsellors and Psychotherapists in the UK. The BACP ensures its members work ethically with the client’s best interests at the heart of their practice. As part of this I attend regular supervision.


Private Practice 2018 - current

Brockenhurst College 2019 - 2020

Compass Counselling, Lymington 2018-2019

Oak haven Hospice 2017-2018


  • Vagus Nerve regulation and Trauma Recovery - Arielle Schwartz April 2020
  • Initial Consultations - Joan Bristow May 2020
  • CBT with Children and Young People - Prof Stallard Nov 2019
  • Attachment and Relational Neuroscience - J Holmes and G Music
  • There is no such thing as a child - Joan Bristow - Dec 2019
  • Attachment theory, affect regulation and psychopathology - Gwen Adshed June 2019
  • Substance Abuse as a Secondary Issue - Alison Hunt March 2019
  • Self harm, self care - Maggie Turp May 2019
  • The Web of Shame in the Therapeutic Space - Christiane Sanderson Jan 2019
  • Developing Minds: Mental Health with Dan Siegel - Feb. 2019
  • Trauma and Neurobiology, Babette Rothschild - Oct. 2018
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, Iron Mill College, Exeter - 2016-2018
  • Attachment and Grief, NScience - May 2017
  • ​Affect Regulation and Early Brain Development, Kathrin Staffer - May 7th, 2016
  • Self Harm and Young People - April 30th 2016
  • Parenting through the Senses, Ros Urwin - Jan-March 2016
  • Levels 1,2,3 Counselling, Brockenhurst College - 2014-2016
  • Bowlby and Attachment Theory, Sir Richard Bowlby - November 7th, 2015
  • University of St Andrews, MA (Hons) - 1992-1997

Next Step?

Unsure of what to do next? Please do call on 07725 782932 or email me on denise@therapynewforest.com.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Irrational thoughts and fears
  • Auto-immune disorders
  • Shame


£50.00 per session

Additional information

I offer regular (normally weekly) 50-minute sessions, meeting at the same place at the same time every week. I work together with the client for as long as he or she needs. My charges are £50 per 50-minute session and I work in Lymington and Beaulieu. I can also offer online and telephone therapy.

Next Step?
Unsure of what to do next? Just give me a call on 07725 782932 or email me at denise@therapynewforest.com.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I can be flexible to accommodate your needs.

Further information

The process of therapy:

Therapy is a much used term, but it is often unclear what the process actually entails. Much of it depends on the therapist’s way of working. I am an integrative therapist, which means that I weave elements of the three main therapeutic schools of thought together, to offer each client the most appropriate therapy for them. My foundation is drawn from the person-centred approach and rests on the belief that the most important element of successful therapy is the relationship between the client and the therapist. This is based on empathy, lack of judgement and authenticity.

With the right therapeutic relationship, the client feels able to trust and thus, to reveal elements of themself that they may never have exposed before. This often brings immense relief for the client. With the therapist’s non-judgemental acceptance of the client’s “whole self”, clients learn to accept themself and to integrate all parts of themselves. Thus, the client can move more easily through life treating themselves with compassion and self-acceptance.

Wessex Clinic
21 New Street
New Forest
SO41 9BH

Natural Health Clinic
Off The High Street
SO41 7YA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

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Denise Caruth

Denise Caruth